Bring the forest to your classroom with Forest in a Box. Forest in a Box- Forest Interconnections is a comprehensive resource package that provides activities and resources to support teachers to integrate forest education into their classrooms.

Forest Interconnections enables students to understand the importance of forests and how they function. The resource package explores the living and non-living parts of a forest, their features and the ways they are dependent on each other for survival.

 

Forest in a Box package includes:

  • Teacher Guide – Curriculum links,  suggested activities and supporting materials
  • Teaching Resources – Forest specimens, magnifying glasses, books, Tree Time Tasks and hands on teaching aids
  • Professional Learning

Forest in a Box – Design and Make

Integrate STEM in your classroom with Forest in a Box. A wood based resource encouraging students to investigate design and innovation in wood with a hands on construction kit. The resource package considers forest systems, as well as, wood production, design and future perspectives.

 

Forest in a Box package includes:

  • Wood based construction kit
  • Forest Education Foundation Excursion
  • Teacher Pack – Curriculum links, suggested activities and supporting materials
  • Professional Learning

  • Students make observations and identify living things in the forest, based on their features.
  • Students sort and classify the living and non-living parts of a forest.
  • Students investigate the life cycles of living things in forest environments.
  • Students recognise different factors that may impact the life cycles of forests, trees and the living things that live among them.
  • Students identify the components of a forest ecosystem and the connections between living and non-living things.
  • Students explore and explain the patterns and relationships that make a healthy forest.
  • Students identify the ways people interact with forest landscapes.
  • Students examine their role in the future of forest landscapes.

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (HASS)

  • The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

SCIENCE

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
  • Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
  • Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties (ACSSU074)
  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050/ ACSHE061)
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051/ ACSHE062)

Technologies

  • Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

  • Plan a sequence of production steps when making design solutions, both individually and collaboratively (ACTDEP018)

The Forest in a Box – Forest Interconnections is a package of learning, including Professional Learning, Teacher Guide and Support Materials. The package is free of charge, with a loan period of 4-5 weeks, if participating in an FEF excursion. Find out more.

To support the integration of the Forest in a Box – Forest Interconnections package, teachers are provided a Professional Learning experience, outlining the learning outcomes, curriculum links and planning the integration of the kit.

Content includes:

  • Introduction the Forest Education Foundation Educational Goals
  • Explore environmental education models and how to scaffold forest literacy in the classroom

Forest Interconnections kit introduction

  • The learning outcomes and goals
  • Connecting the kit to the Tasmanian Forest Literacy Plan – Conceptual framework Questions
  • Explore Curriculum links
  • The kit – how it works/ suggested activities/ structure
  • Integration strategies and approaches (discuss/plan)

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